Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pres. Bush's Approval Rating Is 28%; There Are A Whole Lot of Delusional Americans Out There

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The latest Harris Poll results:

President Bush's approval rating slipped to new lows in the most recent Harris Interactive survey, but he's not alone: For the first time since the series began, all of the political figures and institutions included in the survey have negative performance ratings.

Of the 1,001 American adults polled online April 20-23, only 28% had a positive view of Mr. Bush's job performance, down from 32% in February and from a high of 88% in the aftermath of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The current rating is his weakest showing since his inauguration.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice garnered the approval of 45% of those surveyed, down from 46% in February, and approval of Defense Secretary Robert Gates slid to 29% in the latest poll, from 32% in February.

Among other individuals included in the poll, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) saw her approval rating fall to 30% in April from 38% in February, shortly after her swearing-in as the first female House speaker. Approval for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) slipped to 22%, from 23% in February but up from 19% a year ago.

Those polled gave Congress an approval rating of 27%, with the Democrats as a group pulling in 35% approval, compared with 22% for Republicans.

When asked which two issues the government should address first, 30% of poll respondents said the war and 13% said Iraq. Domestic concerns rounded out the top spots, with 15% of those polled mentioning health care and 10% pointing to the economy.

That last sentence but one is a bit confusing. Aren't "the war" and "Iraq" the same issue?

Newsbusters' Rich Noyes approvingly reported Michael Ware's opinion that it was "delusional" to debate a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, and that to do so would be handing Iraq over to Al Qaeda. If that is true, then Rich Noyes must also believe that 57% of Americans are delusional and want to hand Iraq over to Al Qaeda.

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